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William Kohring

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[This information is from pp. 87-88 of Biographical Review Volume XXXIII: Containing Life Sketches of Leading Citizens of Greene, Schoharie and Schenectady Counties, New York (Boston: Biographical Review Publishing Company, 1899). It is in the collection of the Grems-Doolittle Library of the Schenectady County Historical Society at 920 BIO.]

William Kohring, of Glenville, ex-chairman of the Board of Supervisors, was born upon the farm where he now resides, September 3, 1862, son of August and Elizabeth (Martin) Kohring. The parents, who were natives of Germany, came to Glenville about the year 1858, and settled upon a farm. August Kohring was a sturdy and industrious man, possessing the keen intelligence and ambition to advance which is characteristic of his race; and he was respected as a worthy, upright, and progressive citizen. When naturalized he embraced the principles of the Democratic party, but withdrew his allegiance on account of the slavery question, and thenceforward acted with the Republicans. In his religious belief he was a Methodist. August Kohring died July 7, 1897. His wife is still living. They reared two sons, namely William, the subject of this sketch; and George, who died in February, 1889, aged twenty-seven years.

William Kohring began his education in the common schools and completed his studies with a two years' course at a commercial college in Schenectady. He has made agriculture his chief occupation, and is now the owner of the home farm of about fifty acres. He carries on general farming in an able and progressive manner, keeps some fine Jersey cattle, and is regarded as one of the leading farmers in this locality. In politics he is a Republican, and since reaching his majority he has taken a lively interest in local public affairs. He has served as a Justice of the Peace four years, and was Supervisor for the years 1896-97, being chairman of the board the last year.

On March 18, 1891, Mr. Kohring was united in marriage with Lillie Muller, who was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., daughter of Dedrich and Sophia Muller. Mrs. Kohring is the mother of one daughter, Lillie E., who was born December 5, 1892.

Mr. Kohring is well informed upon all the important topics of the day, and his public services were characterized by an intelligent appreciation of the people's needs. He is a Master Mason, and belongs to St. George Lodge, No. 6, F. & A. M., of Schenectady. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

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